China and U.S. Bring Early Paris Entry into Force Big Step Closer

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa thanks the U.S. and China for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Two Countries Also Announce Support for Increased Action on Aviation and Refrigerant Emissions

Bonn, Sept 3 2016 — Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of greenhouse gases – has brought its rapid entry into force a big step closer.“I would like today to thank China and the United States for ratifying this landmark agreement—an agreement on which rests the opportunity for a sustainable future for every nation and every person,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“The earlier that Paris is ratified and implemented in full, the more secure that future will become, “she added.

The Paris Agreement enters into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 % of total global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the UN Depositary, in New York.

Image: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the ceremony in Hangzhou for the deposit of instruments by China and the United States to join the Paris Agreement, while Xi Jinping and Barack Obama look on | Image Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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